Journal of American History

Articles

Houses Divided: Lincoln, Douglas, and the Political Landscape of 1858

On October 7, 1858, Knox College, located in Galesburg, Illinois, hosted the fifth debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. The candidates spoke from a platform which had been erected at the east end of the college, while excited crowds looked on, and as a banner proclaiming support for Lincoln stretched overhead.
Courtesy New York Public Library.

The Lincoln-Douglas debates are often portrayed as a tale of delayed gratification: Abraham Lincoln lost his bid for the U.S. Senate in 1858, only to find the notoriety garnered from the debates hurling him toward election as the sixteenth president in 1860. In this telling, the ferocity and dynamics of the 1858 state election become subordinate to the national contest of 1860, while the connections between local and national politics in the antebellum period are lost altogether. Based on examinations of state vote ledgers, untapped newspaper accounts, and archival collections, Allen C. Guelzo re-creates those connections at multiple levels, offering new conclusions concerning who organized, who participated and who “won” in 1858. (pp. 391–417) Read online >

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Market Visions: Expenditure Surveys, Market Research, and Economic Planning in the New Deal

Joseph P. Goldberg and William T. Moye, The First Hundred Years of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (Washington, 1985).

During the New Deal, the federal government commissioned a massive and innovative survey of family income and expenditures. Although left-leaning economists designed the 1935–1936 Study of Consumer Purchases to raise working-class “purchasing power” and guide federal economic planning, the project often proved more useful to market—research analysts. Thomas A. Stapleford shows how a shared desire for greater knowledge of consumer behavior and demand brought together left-wing advocates of centralized economics, advertising men, market researchers, and advertising agencies. The story of knowledge created by the federal government and its ramifications is an integral part of the history of the New Deal itself. (pp. 418–34) Read online >

The Strange Career of Annie Lee Moss: Rethinking Race, Gender, and McCarthyism

Senator Joseph McCarthy’s case against Annie Lee Moss rested on the testimony of Mary Stalcup Markward, shown here being sworn in on June 11, 1951, before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Markward’s reputation as a star witness in a series of government investigations of Communism in the Washington, D.C., area was seriously harmed by her role in the Moss investigation. Photograph by Arthur Ellis.  Courtesy Washington Post.
Courtesy Washington Post.

In 1954, Joseph McCarthy accused a Pentagon employee, Annie Lee Moss, of being a card-carrying member of the Communist party. Since then, Moss has become a cipher, caught between liberal commentators who portray her as a “little woman” of no significance, and conservative ideologues who see her very obscurity as a cover for Communist cunning. Drawing on Federal Bureau of Investigation files, government hearing transcripts, news reports, and letters from ordinary Americans, Andrea Friedman delves beneath the surface to show that, while Moss was never the “humble Negress” of myth, the intersections between Cold War politics, racial liberalism, and gendered notions of citizenship sharply constrained her ability to prove herself both a loyal citizen and an active defender of her own interests. (pp. 435–58) Read online >

You Can’t Go Home Again: Homesickness and Nostalgia in U.S. History

The most popular picture at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, Breaking Home Ties showed a moment of departure and held great appeal for Americans beset with nostalgia. Thomas Hovenden, Breaking Home Ties. Oil on canvas, 1890.
Courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art.

How have Americans coped with the long-standing patterns of mobility and restlessness that have shaped social life in the United States? Susan Matt uses a four-century-long history of homesickness and nostalgia to answer that question. Exploring the emotions of colonists, immigrants, internal migrants, slaves, and soldiers, as well as the changing nostrums of doctors and psychologists, this essay probes the subjective experience of restlessness and dislocation and its effects on social and cultural life. Once seen as a potentially fatal condition, homesickness is now regarded as a childhood weakness, easily overcome through early training. To leave one’s home and one’s past behind has become an imperative of modern life. This essay traces how, over several generations, Americans have learned to do so. (pp. 459–87) Read online >

Review Essay

Richard Lyman Bushman, the Story of Joseph Smith and Mormonism, and the New Mormon History

Jan Shipps, herself a leading contributor to Mormon historiography, critiques a major achievement of the new Mormon history, Richard Lyman Bushman’s Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling. In the latter half of the twentieth century, Mormonism tentatively entered the religious mainstream in the United States. At the same time, as a cohort of young church members earned doctorates at reputable graduate schools outside the Mormon culture region, they launched an intellectual movement that aimed to contextualize Mormon religious history. Their work—especially Bushman’s—suggest the potential defects and strengths of history written by sophisticated scholars committed to a cause. (pp. 488–506) Read online >

What’s New in Morman History: A Response to Jan Shipps

In Richard Lyman Bushman’s response to Jan Shipps, he situates his work within two intellectual currents: the new Mormon history and Mormon apologetics. (pp. 507–510) Read online >

Putting Religion on the Map

In a 1961 article, the geographer Wilbur Zelinsky divided the United States into seven distinct “religious regions” and five “subregions.” Nearly half a century later, a set of researchers, led by Mark Silk and Andrew Walsh, have adapted this rubric for the Religion by Region series. Reviewing the eight-volume series, Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp highlights both the procedural differences between Zelinsky’s project and the newer one and the assumptions underlying the analytical creation of regions in a way valuable to scholars. Although intended for a general audience, the series will benefit all those with an eye to the geographical and religious diversity of the nation. (pp. 515–19) Read online >

Book Reviews

Sept. 2007, Vol. 94 No. 2

Alphabetical by the last name of the book's first author or editor.

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  • Abd-Allah, A Muslim in Victorian America: The Life of Alexander Russell Webb, by Timothy Marr
  • Albanese, A Republic of Mind and Spirit: A Cultural History of American Metaphysical Religion, by Richard Kyle
  • Anderson, This Is Our Music: Free Jazz, the Sixties, and American Culture, by Scott Saul
  • Ascoli, Julius Rosenwald: The Man Who Built Sears, Roebuck and Advanced the Cause of Black Education in the American South, by Jonathan J. Bean
B
  • Bacchilega, Legendary Hawai‘i and the Politics of Place: Tradition, Translation, and Tourism, by Mansel G. Blackford
  • Baker, The Rescue of Joshua Glover: A Fugitive Slave, the Constitution, and the Coming of the Civil War, by Mark V. Tushnet
  • Baker, Paradoxes of Desegregation: African American Struggles for Educational Equity in Charleston, South Carolina, 1926–1972, by Peter F. Lau
  • Barry, Femininity in Flight: A History of Flight Attendants, by Jane Marcellus
  • Beisner, Dean Acheson: A Life in the Cold War, by John T. McNay
  • Belanger, Deep Freeze: The United States, the International Geophysical Year, and the Origins of Antarctica’s Age of Science, by Jacob Darwin Hamblin
  • Blackhawk, Violence over the Land: Indians and Empires in the Early American West, by Thomas D. Hall
  • Bray, Crazy Horse: A Lakota Life, by Martha McCollough
  • Brazy, An American Planter: Stephen Duncan of Antebellum Natchez and New York, by Frank J. Byrne
  • Broadwater, George Mason: Forgotten Founder, by Whitman Hawley Ridgway
  • Brogan, Alexis de Tocqueville: A Biography, by Matthew Mancini
  • Brophy, Reparations: Pro and Con, by Mary Frances Berry
  • Browder, Her Best Shot: Women and Guns in America, by Margot A. Henriksen
  • Bruce, The Harp and the Eagle: Irish-American Volunteers and the Union Army, 1861–1865, by Kevin Conley Ruffner
  • Byrne, Becoming Bourgeois: Merchant Culture in the South, 1820–1865, by Lacy K. Ford
C
  • Cañizares-Esguerra, Puritan Conquistadors: Iberianizing the Atlantic, 1550–1700, by Charles L. Cohen
  • Cannadine, Mellon: An American Life, by David E. Hamilton
  • Canney, Africa Squadron: The U.S. Navy and the Slave Trade, 1842–1861, by Spencer C. Tucker
  • Carson, The Measure of Merit: Talents, Intelligence, and Inequality in the French and American Republics, 1750–1940, by Patrick J. Ryan
  • Casto, Foreign Affairs and the Constitution in the Age of Fighting Sail, by Ronald L. Hatzenbuehler
  • Christopher, Slave Ship Sailors and Their Captive Cargoes, 1730–1807, by Douglas B. Chambers
  • Chung, Hollywood Asian: Philip Ahn and the Politics of Cross-Ethnic Performance, by Jane Park
  • Ciepley, Liberalism in the Shadow of Totalitarianism, by Judy Kutulas
  • Coates, American Perceptions of Immigrant and Invasive Species: Strangers on the Land, by Stephanie S. Pincetl
  • Cobb, Away Down South: A History of Southern Identity, by Jason Sokol
  • Cobb-Roberts, Dorn, and Shircliffe, eds., Schools as Imagined Communities: The Creation of Identity, Meaning, and Conflict in U.S. History, by Carroll Engelhardt
  • Conway-Lanz, Collateral Damage: Americans, Noncombatant Immunity, and Atrocity after World War II, by William Thomas Allison
  • Cormack, ed., Saints and Their Cults in the Atlantic World, by Terry Rey
  • Creswell, A Question of Balance: How France and the United States Created Cold War Europe, by William I. Hitchcock
  • Crocker, Mrs. Russell Sage: Women’s Activism and Philanthropy in Gilded Age and Progressive Era America, by Jennifer de Forest
  • Currell and Cogdell, eds., Popular Eugenics: National Efficiency and American Mass Culture in the 1930s, by Sharon M. Leon
D
  • Dallek, Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power, by Melvin Small
  • DeGroot, Dark Side of the Moon: The Magnificent Madness of the American Lunar Quest, by Stephen E. Kercher
  • Del Pero, Henry Kissinger e l’ascesa dei neoconservatori: Alle origini della politica estera americana (Henry Kissinger and the rise of the neoconservatives: On the origins of American foreign policy), by Robert V. Daniels
  • Dessens, From Saint-Domingue to New Orleans: Migration and Influences, by Robert L. Paquette
  • Dewing, Regions in Transition: The Northern Great Plains and the Pacific Northwest in the Great Depression, by Brad D. Lookingbill
  • Domosh, American Commodities in an Age of Empire, by Lisa Jacobson
E
  • Edelson, Plantation Enterprise in Colonial South Carolina, by Alan Gallay
  • Edgerton, The Shock of the Old: Technology and Global History since 1900, by Christopher J. Otter
  • Ellinghaus, Taking Assimilation to Heart: Marriages of White Women and Indigenous Men in the United States and Australia, 1887–1937, by Lisa E. Emmerich
  • English, A Common Thread: Labor, Politics, and Capital Mobility in the Textile Industry, by Pamela Nickless
  • Erisman, Boys’ Books, Boys’ Dreams, and the Mystique of Flight, by Bernard Mergen
  • Everitt, A Shadow of Red: Communism and the Blacklist in Radio and Television, by Nathan Godfried
F
  • Fessenden, Culture and Redemption: Religion, the Secular, and American Literature, by James Emmett Ryan
  • Fones-Wolf, Waves of Opposition: Labor and the Struggle for Democratic Radio, by Elena Razlogova
  • Fones-Wolf, Glass Towns: Industry, Labor, and Political Economy in Appalachia, 1890–1930s, by Stephen L. Fisher
  • Frankel, Observing America: The Commentary of British Visitors to the United States, 1890–1950, by Robert Lawson-Peebles
  • Freyer, Antitrust and Global Capitalism, 1930–2004, by Wyatt C. Wells
  • Fry, Debating Vietnam: Fulbright, Stennis, and Their Senate Hearings, by Robert J. McMahon
G
  • Gellman, Emancipating New York: The Politics of Slavery and Freedom, 1777–1827, by Craig D. Townsend
  • Gitelman, Always Already New: Media, History, and the Data of Culture, by John Nerone
  • Glatthaar and Martin, Forgotten Allies: The Oneida Indians and the American Revolution, by Gerald F. Reid
  • Glover, Southern Sons: Becoming Men in the New Nation, by Anya Jabour
  • Gonzales-Day, Lynching in the West: 1850–1935, by Michael J. Pfeifer
  • Gordin, Five Days in August: How World War II Became a Nuclear War, by Gar Alperovitz
  • Gordon, The Saturated World: Aesthetic Meaning, Intimate Objects, Women’s Lives, 1890–1940, by Miriam Forman-Brunell
  • Green, Selling the Race: Culture, Community, and Black Chicago, 1940–1955, by Margaret Garb
  • Greene, Eisenhower, Science Advice, and the Nuclear Test-Ban Debate, 1945–1963, by Ira R. Chernus
H
  • Hannah, Manhood, Citizenship, and the National Guard: Illinois, 1870–1917, by Lisa Mundey
  • Hastie, Cupboards of Curiosity: Women, Recollection, and Film History, by Nancy J. Rosenbloom
  • Hendricks, The Backcountry Towns of Colonial Virginia, by L. Scott Philyaw
  • Hudnut-Beumler, In Pursuit of the Almighty’s Dollar: A History of Money and American Protestantism, by Charles D. Cashdollar
  • Hurewitz, Bohemian Los Angeles and the Making of Modern Politics, by Martin Meeker
I
  • Igo, The Averaged American: Surveys, Citizens, and the Making of a Mass Public, by Margo Anderson
  • Igra, Wives without Husbands: Marriage, Desertion, and Welfare in New York, 1900–1935, by S. J. Kleinberg
J
  • Jackson, From Civil Rights to Human Rights: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Struggle for Economic Justice, by John Salmond
  • Jacobs, Cold War Mandarin: Ngo Dinh Diem and the Origins of America’s War in Vietnam, 1950–1963, by Edwin Moïse
  • Jacobson and González, What Have They Built You to Do? The Manchurian Candidate and Cold War America, by Susan Carruthers
  • Johnson, Post-Emancipation Race Relations in the Bahamas, by Bridget Brereton
K
  • Karp, Kratz, Szwaja, and Ybarra-Frausto, eds., Museum Frictions: Public Cultures/Global Transformations, by Barbara Franco
  • Keys, Globalizing Sport: National Rivalry and International Community in the 1930s, by Steven A. Riess
  • Kilbride, An American Aristocracy: Southern Planters in Antebellum Philadelphia, by Enrico Dal Lago
  • King, The Essence of Liberty: Free Black Women during the Slave Era, by Myra B. Young Armstead
  • Kohler, All Creatures: Naturalists, Collectors, and Biodiversity, 1850–1950, by Sharon E. Kingsland
  • Kurtz, The jfk Assassination Debates: Lone Gunman versus Conspiracy, by Thomas R. Turner
L
  • Leff, Buried by the Times: The Holocaust and America’s Most Important Newspaper, by Haim Genizi
  • Levander, Cradle of Liberty: Race, the Child, and National Belonging from Thomas Jefferson to W. E. B. Du Bois, by Arthur Riss
  • Levine, Wallowing in Sex: The New Sexual Culture of 1970s American Television, by Hilary Radner
  • Lewis, Massive Resistance: The White Response to the Civil Rights Movement, by Mark Newman
  • Little, Abraham in Arms: War and Gender in Colonial New England, by Matthew C. Ward
  • Loewen, Diaspora in the Countryside: Two Mennonite Communities and Mid-Twentieth-Century Rural Disjuncture, by Steven M. Nolt
  • Longley, Mayer, Schaller, and Sloan, Deconstructing Reagan: Conservative Mythology and America’s Fortieth President, by W. Elliot Brownlee
  • Lutes, Front Page Girls: Women Journalists in American Culture and Fiction, 1880–1930, by Marilyn Greenwald
M
  • Margolies, Henry Watterson and the New South: The Politics of Empire, Free Trade, and Globalization, by Randal L. Hall
  • Marsh, Georgia’s Frontier Women: Female Fortunes in a Southern Colony, by Kent Anderson Leslie
  • Marszalek, A Black Congressman in the Age of Jim Crow: South Carolina’s George Washington Murray, by Jacqueline M. Moore
  • Marubbio, Killing the Indian Maiden: Images of Native American Women in Film, by Gretchen M. Bataille
  • Mathews, Rethinking Zion: How the Print Media Placed Fundamentalism in the South, by Mark Silk
  • Mazrim, The Sangamo Frontier: History and Archaeology in the Shadow of Lincoln, by Charles E. Orser Jr.
  • McConville, The King’s Three Faces: The Rise and Fall of Royal America, 1688–1776, by Melvin Yazawa
  • McKenzie, Lincolnites and Rebels: A Divided Town in the American Civil War, by Jon L. Wakelyn
  • McKevitt, Brokers of Culture: Italian Jesuits in the American West, 1848–1919, by Jonathan Wright
  • Mettler, Soldiers to Citizens: The G.I. Bill and the Making of the Greatest Generation, by Neil A. Wynn
  • Milazzo, Unlikely Environmentalists: Congress and Clean Water, 1945–1972, by Thomas R. Huffman
  • Miscamble, From Roosevelt to Truman: Potsdam, Hiroshima, and the Cold War, by Mary E. Glantz
  • Mollin, Radical Pacifism in Modern America: Egalitarianism and Protest, by Amy Swerdlow
  • Murphree, Constructing Floridians: Natives and Europeans in the Colonial Floridas, 1513–1783, by Robert Galgano
N
  • Nadis, Wonder Shows: Performing Science, Magic, and Religion in America, by Kathryn J. Oberdeck
  • Nasaw, Andrew Carnegie, by Richard S. Tedlow
  • Nash, Inescapable Ecologies: A History of Environment, Disease, and Knowledge, by Brett Walker
  • Nelson, Steel Drivin’ Man: John Henry, the Untold Story of an American Legend, by Joel Dinerstein
  • Neptune, Caliban and the Yankees: Trinidad and the United States Occupation, by Alan McPherson
  • Noll, The Civil War as a Theological Crisis, by Gary Dorrien
  • Nuenlist and Locher, eds., Transatlantic Relations at Stake: Aspects of nato, 1956–1972, by Erin Rose Mahan
O
  • Offner, The Challenge of Affluence: Self-Control and Well-Being in the United States and Britain since 1950, by Stephanie Dyer
  • Oropeza, ¡Raza Sí! ¡Guerra No!: Chicano Protest and Patriotism during the Viet Nam War Era, by F. Arturo Rosales
P
  • Patterson, Restless Giant: The United States from Watergate to Bush v. Gore, by Jon Wiener
  • Petrulionis, To Set This World Right: The Antislavery Movement in Thoreau’s Concord, by Anne M. Boylan
  • Platt and O’Leary, Bloodlines: Recovering Hitler’s Nuremberg Laws, from Patton’s Trophy to Public Memorial, by Oren Baruch Stier
  • Podruchny, Making the Voyageur World: Travelers and Traders in the North American Fur Trade, by John T. McGrath
R
  • Ranney, In the Wake of Slavery: Civil War, Civil Rights, and the Reconstruction of Southern Law, by R. Ben Brown
  • Recchiuti, Civic Engagement: Social Science and Progressive-Era Reform in New York City, by Axel R. Schäfer
  • Resch and Sargent, eds., War and Society in the American Revolution: Mobilization and Home Fronts, by James Kirby Martin
  • Reynolds, The Demise of the American Convention System, 1880–1911, by R. Hal Williams
  • Riss, Race, Slavery, and Liberalism in Nineteenth-Century American Literature, by Russ Castronovo
  • Rolinson, Grassroots Garveyism: The Universal Negro Improvement Association in the Rural South, 1920–1927, by William P. Jones
  • Rotberg, A Leadership for Peace: How Edwin Ginn Tried to Change the World, by Liping Bu
S
  • Sacks, Before Harlem: The Black Experience in New York City before World War I, by Charles Pete Banner-Haley
  • Schlatter, Aryan Cowboys: White Supremacists and the Search for a New Frontier, 1970–2000, by Catherine McNicol Stock
  • Schocket, Founding Corporate Power in Early National Philadelphia, by Paul Douglas Newman
  • Schuyler, The Weight of Their Votes: Southern Women and Political Leverage in the 1920s, by Catherine E. Rymph
  • Schweitzer, Perfecting Friendship: Politics and Affiliation in Early American Literature, by Timothy A. Milford
  • Shawhan and Swain, Lucy Somerville Howorth: New Deal Lawyer, Politician, and Feminist from the South, by Sarah Wilkerson-Freeman
  • Shibusawa, America’s Geisha Ally: Reimagining the Japanese Enemy, by Jon Davidann
  • Simonsen, Making Home Work: Domesticity and Native American Assimilation in the American West, 1860–1919, by Brenda J. Child
  • Skocpol, Liazos, and Ganz, What a Mighty Power We Can Be: African American Fraternal Groups and the Struggle for Racial Equality, by Robert L. Harris Jr.
  • Smith, Building New Deal Liberalism: The Political Economy of Public Works, 1933–1956, by Robert F. Himmelberg
  • Sokol, There Goes My Everything: White Southerners in the Age of Civil Rights, 1945–1975, by Glenn Feldman
  • Stearns, American Fear: The Causes and Consequences of High Anxiety, by Steven Biel
  • Stillson, Spreading the Word: A History of Information in the California Gold Rush, by Robert J. Chandler
  • Stole, Advertising on Trial: Consumer Activism and Corporate Public Relations in the 1930s, by Jacqueline K. Dirks
  • Stoltzfus, Freedom from Advertising: E. W. Scripps’s Chicago Experiment, by Karen Miller Russell
  • Swibold, Copper Chorus: Mining, Politics, and the Montana Press, 1889–1959, by Jerilyn Sue McIntyre
T
  • Thorpe, Oppenheimer: The Tragic Intellect, by Richard Polenberg
  • Truett, Fugitive Landscapes: The Forgotten History of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, by Rodolfo F. Acuña
  • Turner, From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism, by Ross Knox Bassett
V
  • Van Slyck, A Manufactured Wilderness: Summer Camps and the Shaping of American Youth, 1890–1960, by Renee M. Laegreid
  • Vaughan, Transatlantic Encounters: American Indians in Britain, 1500–1776, by Timothy J. Shannon
W
  • Wald, Trinity of Passion: The Literary Left and the Antifascist Crusade, by Robert Casillo
  • Warshauer, Andrew Jackson and the Politics of Martial Law: Nationalism, Civil Liberties, and Partisanship, by Paul E. Doutrich
  • Wendt, The Spirit and the Shotgun: Armed Resistance and the Struggle for Civil Rights, by Christopher Barry Strain
  • Williams, Horace Greeley: Champion of American Freedom, by Menahem Blondheim
  • Wright, “The First of Causes to Our Sex”: The Female Moral Reform Movement in the Antebellum Northeast, 1834–1848, by Myra C. Glenn
Z
  • Zaki, Civil Rights and Politics at Hampton Institute: The Legacy of Alonzo G. Moron, by Hilary J. Moss
  • Zimmerman, Innocents Abroad: American Teachers in the American Century, by Fritz Fischer
  • Zimmerman, Panic! Markets, Crises, and Crowds in American Fiction, by Stephen Mihm

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Calvert Vaux designed this model cottage, an example of the idealized image of home popular in the nineteenth century. A. J. Downing, Cottage Residences; or A Series of Designs for Rural Cottages and Cottage Villas and Their Gardens and Grounds Adopted to North America, See Susan J. Matt, “You Can’t Go Home Again: Homesickness and Nostalgian U.S. History,” p. 459.

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